Implant Dentistry Malibu, CA

Benefits of Denture Implants

Dental implants provide many benefits to you. The most dramatic is the patient with a loose denture, especially the lower. If you have one, you know exactly what I am talking about. Do you avoid social situations that involve food? Do you go the wedding but skip the reception because you cannot chew what you want? Are you limited to certain items on the restaurant menu because of your teeth?

Implants stabilize the teeth so that they do not move during chewing, speaking, or singing. Your biting force with a denture is less than a quarter of what it is with teeth present! You can bite down as hard as you want on an implant supported tooth or teeth and feel no discomfort whatsoever.

The most common way to stabilize a lower denture is to place a number of implants in the lower front jaw. This is the safest area to place an implant, as the bone there is very dense and there are no major nerves present. The gold colored posts in the photographs are locator abutments that are screwed onto the dental implants, which are securely integrated into the bone. There is no discomfort whatsoever when these implants are pressed on or tapped. The denture has easily replaceable nylon snaps that secure the denture so that there is no looseness during eating, speaking, etc... It is an infinitely better experience to function with an implant supported denture over a traditional denture.

It is important to note that the placement of dental implants is virtually a pain free procedure. The procedure is performed in a dental office and it is almost as routine as coming in to have a filling done.

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One major, yet often overlooked advantage of dental implants is the preservation of your jawbone. After any tooth is removed, the bone that encased that tooth in place starts to melt away. Bone is like a muscle-you use it or lose it. The bone needs stimulation in a certain way to remain intact. For example, astronauts who spend a long time in weightlessness have much weaker bones when they return to Earth. This is because the lack of gravity has allowed the bone, as well as the muscles, to atrophy due to disuse or lack of stimulation. The good news is that dental implants stimulate the bone in much the same way as a tooth, thereby preventing the loss of bone.

People are living longer than ever before; it is not uncommon for people to live active lives well into their 80's and 90's! Unfortunately, they can sometimes outlive their jawbone so that the bone is so atrophied that they cannot wear any kind of denture. If you wait until then, it is quite possible that there won't be sufficient bone remaining to accommodate implants. That is why placing implants while you are relatively young and healthy is good insurance. How many of you have heard the phrase, "If I knew I'd live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself"!

This photo illustrates the amount of bone that can be lost over a lifetime without teeth or implants to stimulate the bone. You can imagine how uncomfortable a denture would be sitting on this severely resorbed jawbone.

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Cosmetic Consequences of Tooth Loss

As bone is lost, your face changes shape. Wrinkles deepen as you lose the bony support for the muscles. Your chin gets closer to your nose. Implants allow the teeth to be placed closer to where they were originally, restoring much of the facial dimension and shape. Lower dentures are usually made much shorter than your original teeth were in order to make them more stable. This results in a short lower face where your chin is too close to your nose. With an implant supported denture these compromises do not have to be made and a denture that is not only secure, but cosmetically flattering can be fabricated.

Tooth Loss Replacement Options

Implants are a fantastic way of replacing a single missing tooth. In placing and restoring the dental implant there is no involvement with other teeth in the mouth (as in a dental bridge). The implant feels as if you have your original tooth back. It mimics the natural tooth in both function and appearance. Implants are a great long term solution for a missing tooth. If placed and restored properly, dental implants can last indefinitely.

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This man shattered his front tooth in an accident. A dental implant was placed where the tooth was lost and a dental veneer was placed on the adjacent tooth in order to improve the overall appearance of his smile.

If you feel you can benefit from dental implants, contact our San Francisco area and Malibu dental offices for a complimentary consultation. This offer is good for existing patients as well as new patients. Let us know if we can help!

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If you’re interested in experiencing patient-centered dentistry, it’s time you scheduled an appointment with Dr. Bob Perkins. We specialize in enhancing Southern California smiles with exceptional cosmetic dentistry and teeth-straightening options from our convenient Malibu and San Francisco area locations. Contact our Malibu dental office at (310) 456-5700. We look forward to making you smile!

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